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About the San Jose Ballet School The San Jose Ballet School was founded by Wana Williams Kalimos of the San Francisco Ballet. The school was directed by Wana Williams from 1949 to 1959. Then Francesca and Dimitri Romanoff of American Ballet Theatre co-directed the school until 1980. Janet Vertin assumed the role of director in 1980. Janet Vertin, the current Director of the San Jose Ballet School, is the third generation of dance teachers in her family. The first was her great aunt, Marion Belle White, a graduate of the Imperial School in London, and director of her own school in San Francisco. The second family member was her mother, Helen Pabst Walsh, a graduate of College of Notre Dame Belmont, and now Janet Vertin, who is a graduate of Santa Clara University. Janet Vertin received her training from Wana Williams, who was a "classically perfect" dancer and teacher. While with Wana, Janet danced in a number of educational films and appeared with the San Jose Light Opera. She then went on to train in the San Francisco Ballet School and studied all teaching syllabi with Guillermo del Oro. She later studied in Europe where she was invited to dance with the Opera Ballet at the Pfalz Theater in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She also studied in Canada at the Banff School of Fine Arts with Vera Volkova for four summers. Janet has been teaching at the San Jose Ballet School since 1980. She coaches both ballet dancers and figure skaters. Her students range from age 10 to age 80, and they all come from different walks of life.
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Phone: (408) 891-2295

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Classes for all levels of Classical Ballet Private Lessons Available Competition Coaching
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no credit cards, cash, check, money order
Price Range:
$13.50 to $15.00 per class
Location:
Three blocks North of San Jose State University
Neighborhoods:
Central San Jose, Horace Mann, Downtown San Jose
Amenities:
Free Parking
Associations:
New York City Ballet Workout Trained at the San Francisco Ballet School
Category:
Dancing Instruction
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Classes Offered: Dance Classes

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sk8ndad

12/11/2006

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Best ballet school tha I can imagine

I can not imagine a better ballet school anywhere. The instructors are professional dancers (past and present), they seem to really care about the kids and still are precise in their techniques. The school is set up to take aspiring dancers from their first steps through a professional career. The dance studios are large and the pianists work well with the instructors. If you find a better school let me know ;-)

enheo908

11/15/2006

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Best training, inexpensive, excellent classes

This is, hands down, the best hidden treasure of ballet in the bay area. The instruction is always fantastic, and the classes maintain a light atmosphere while providing a quality of training that is almost impossible to find outside of professional schools. There is no studio bureaucracy, just one excellent teacher. A great place to start or continue your dance training.

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